Richard Wilson (III)

Richard Wilson (III)


7/9/1936, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Iain Carmichael Wilson



Also Known As

Iain Carmichael Wilson, Ian Colquhoun Wilson
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Best known for his portrayal as irascible pensioner Victor Meldrew in the BBC comedy series One Foot In The Grave, Richard Wilson is an actor and theatre director whose onscreen career spans more than forty years. Born in Greenock in 1936, Richard trained as a lab technician at…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Richard won the TMA Best Director Award in 2000 for the production of Mr. Kolpert at the Royal Court Theatre.

    • In 1996, Richard wrote a humorous book of random facts, tall tales and statistics called I Don't Believe It!: Richard Wilson's Book Of Absurdities.

    • In 2007, Richard appeared in a political comedy play called Whipping It Up which toured the UK.

    • At the beginning of 2008, Richard was interviewed by David Tennant for an edition of Radio 4's Chain Reaction. The following week, Richard became the interviewer and interviewed Arabella Weir.

    • In 2006, Richard was one of the sitters for Star Portraits With Rolf Harris. The three artists who painted him were Charlie Wells, Richard Brazier and Clare Shenstone. Of the three portraits, he chose Richard Brazier's.

    • Richard played Baron Hardup in Cinderella at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2005, opposite John Barrowman, Susan Hampshire and Peter Duncan.

    • Richard is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre in London and has directed several productions for them, including The Woman Before by Roland Schimmelpfennig in 2005 and Simon Farquhar's Rainbow Kiss in 2006.

    • Richard attended the grand final of the 2004 Mr Gay UK competition at GAY in London.

    • Richard won the John Whiting Prize for directing a production of Imagine Drowning at the Hampstead Theatre.

    • Richard has expressed a frustration with people repeating Victor Meldrew's catchphrase 'I don't believe it' and will only perform it for charity events.

    • Richard was performing in a production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot in Manchester when David Renwick, writer of One Foot In The Grave, informed him that his character Victor Meldrew was being killed off in the final episode of the show.

    • Richard is patron of Shareholders United, a not-for-profit democratic and non-party political organisation whose members are fans of Manchester United Football Club who hold shares in the company.

    • A biography of Richard entitled One Foot On The Stage was written by James Roose-Evans and published in 1996.

    • Richard's likeness appears in the Doctor Who Battles In Time trading card game: Doctor Constantine, his character from the episodes The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, is featured on card 23 of the deck (and card 23 of the Exterminator deck). A zombified version of his character also appears on card 151 of the deck.

    • For his role in One Foot In The Grave, Richard was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1992, 1993 and 1994 (winning the award in 1992 and 1994) and a BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance in 1998. He also won a British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor in 1991.

    • Richard served as Rector of the University of Glasgow from 1996 to 1999.

  • Quotes

    • Richard Wilson: One of the things about acting is that we get to play different types of people. Although I was brought up working class I am better at playing professional types rather than working class types. I don't know why. I am better at Doctors and Lawyers.

    • Richard Wilson: I do interviews because it required of you by your contract but I make it clear that I don't talk about my private life. The press are always talking about how scrupulously private I am but I just feel that my private life is all that is left really and that my public life is very public. I just feel that actors should be anonymous as far as possible and I don't see any reason why I should talk about my private life which is the reason I don't allow journalists in my home not because it is a pigsty just because that is mine and I don't want to share. All these programs, OK Magazine and things like that where people show their homes etcetera, I find that rather crazy. I keep my house private. Once I shut my door, that's it.

    • Richard Wilson: (on reality TV) It is really quite serious for actors because it so much cheaper to produce and therefore it is taking over from drama to some extent. There is not as much drama being made because reality television is so cheap. Things like the present Big Brother seems like just a bunch of freaks to me and I have no interest in watching them whatsoever. I have been offered I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here and the idea of it just appalls me. I was however offered something that is like reality TV that was to go to a château in France for a month and learn French which if I found I had time I would have loved to have done but I was too busy.

  • Richard Wilson

    He is one of the greatest actors around. I like his role for Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave thats what he is most known for. I also seen him on Mr Bean as the dentist and I seen him on TV adverts. This guy is really talented and funny.